December 2013

Experimenter is a magazine created by EAA for people who build airplanes. We will report on amateur-built aircraft as well as ultralights and other light aircraft.

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L i g h t P l a n e Wor l d Curt Shoaf takes a frst-time trike passenger alof in his Apollo Monsoon trike. Trike fying is another unique fight experience. Let's Go Flying How to get a ride By Dan Grunloh "Let's go flying" are three words that are music to the ears of anyone who loves aviation. The EAA has long known the importance of airplane rides, including a first flight for young kids, thus the establishment of EAA's Young Eagles Program (www.YoungEagles.org). Who doesn't remember their first flight in an airplane? It can change a life. Rides are important not only because they can inspire new pilots, but also they provide an experience with aviation that helps non-pilots have a better appreciation for the merits of personal flight. A chapter's Young Eagles event providing rides to 75 boys and girls also provides 75 to 150 parents with some direct interface with pilots of small airplanes. 36 Vol.2 N o.12 / December 2013 Airplane rides are equally important for established pilots. We can't possibly own every aircraft out there (unless we are incredibly rich), so the only way to expand our flying experience is to go for a ride in someone else's airplane. Life is too short and there are too many airplanes not to share a ride. A flight in an opencockpit, side-by-side Quicksilver type is something no one should miss. As a trike pilot, I understand why passengers coming back from their first flight in a trike always look happy. Powered parachute instruction has re-educated me about what it feels like to fly at 35 mph as we once did in the early ultralight days, and gyroplanes are beckoning me. Photography by Dan Grunloh

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